The videos of it I saw, with Pepe Romero talking about it and playing it (and it sounds beautiful, and not only because it's Pepe playing it!) say that pine needs to be very old to be as good as the best spruce, because of the high resin content in the pine.
Doug - how long had the pine sat drying that you used for your FE17?
I would bet the same goes for white pine too. I just took a look at king billy images on Google - what an awesome looking tree...like something out of Jurassic World haha! Isn't radiata pine from down there too? A lot of that gets sold up here as "select" clear pine.Alan Hamley wrote: ↑Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:03 pmHi Doug and tateharmann,
Yes it is a super set alright but its well know there are King Billy tops out there that are very floppy and tap like a wet blanket. Just the matter of selecting the right top, back and sides to try an achieve your aim.
Interesting comment. My first reaction to the sound that Pepe Romero gets from the pine top instrument at GSI was also that: lovely but definitely on the warm/mild side. Very pleasing to listen too, but would it be too polite in the long run? A guitar can do with a bit of an edge to the sound. But tastes vary, including my own at different times.Jim Frieson wrote: ↑Mon Sep 25, 2017 9:02 amIn Spanish , spruce is also called Pino Abeto . Pino means Pine . Spruce is called Picea Abies , botanical nomenclature . It is a confusion .
Maybe I would like Tasmanian pine .... have heard good things about it .
I only made one guitar with a pine top , it was Canadian pine from an old casting dye , structurally perfect .
Sabicas played it and he said " how does he make it so sweet ? " ... but really it was too mild a sound for my satisfaction .